Historical Timeline

April – 2013

UNM and STC.UNM propose the idea of the creation of an Innovation District in downtown Albuquerque

November – 2013

New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union (now, Nusenda Credit Union) invests $3 Million into Innovate ABQ project

November – 2013

UNM wins $1.5 Million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for Innovate ABQ

June – 2014

UNM Regents approve purchase of 7-acre site in downtown Albuquerque for Innovate ABQ

January – 2015

UNM regents approves Board of Directors for the Innovate ABQ Project

March – 2015

UNM Regents approve first design plans for Innovate ABQ and the Innovation District

May – 2015

County of Bernalillo invests $1 Million into Innovate ABQ

December – 2015

Innovate ABQ site transferred to Innovate ABQ board

March – 2016

Innovate ABQ reveals plans for the “Lobo Rainforest Building,” the first building at Innovate ABQ

May – 2016

Innovate ABQ hires project manager

July – 2016

Innovate ABQ breaks ground on Lobo Rainforest Building

February – 2017

Air Force Research Laboratories confirms plans to locate at Innovate ABQ

April – 2017

Plans revealed for CNM Ingenuity’s “FUSE Makerspace” at Innovate ABQ; the WK Kellogg Foundation announces $2.5 Million award for CNM Ingenuity and Innovate ABQ; Emera and New Mexico Gas Company announce $500,000 grant to Innovate ABQ

August – 2017

The Lobo Rainforest Building opens at Innovate ABQ

September – 2017

Innovate ABQ wins $1 Million grant from the US EDA for a bioscience incubator at Innovate ABQ

September – 2017

Sandia National Laboratories and ABQid announce their moves to Innovate ABQ

September – 2017

John Freisinger is announced as the new Executive Director of Innovate ABQ

October – 2017

The FUSE Makerspace opens at Innovate ABQ; General Atomics announces move to Innovate ABQ

January – 2018

UNM and Navajo Nation announce plans to locate Navajo students at Innovate ABQ

February – 2018

Emera Emerging Technologies Office announces move to Innovate ABQ